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NASA Names New Chief Technologist

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 — David W. Miller, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has been named NASA’s new chief technologist.

In this role, he will serve as principal adviser and advocate on agency-wide technology programs and policies. Also currently director of the Space Systems Laboratory at MIT, Miller joins NASA through an intergovernmental personnel agreement with the university.

Miller has held various positions on NASA projects in the past, including principal investigator for the Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, which is set for launch in 2016.

He was also the principal investigator for the Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) project on the International Space Station. More recently, Miller served as vice chairman of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

As a member of SPIE, he has served on various program committees and his work has been published in several of its journals, including Optical Engineering.

Miller holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT.

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